• Saturday, October 25, 2014

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China's Hong Kong follies

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China's Hong Kong follies

THE massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy. But they actually reflect frustration among a population that has been poorly governed by a succession of leaders picked by China's central government more for their loyalty than...

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Published Date: October 23, 2014
Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

WHEN Ukraine's voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: October 3, 2014
Two PMs and their diaspora

Two PMs and their diaspora

Today we address two different topics-one of the two PMs trip to the UN and another of a "rotten apple", linked only by the fact that they both occurred in New York. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made what can be termed as " a significant trip" to the UN. Her active participation in the...

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Published Date: September 30, 2014
The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Commentary By Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Protector turning predator?

Protector turning predator?

What was set up to protect the press and its freedom appears to be poised to destroy both.  Recent newspaper reports have alerted us about certain changes that the Press Council is proposing to bring in its own law that we consider to be dangerously anti-free press and fundamentally contradictory to the very...

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Published Date: September 22, 2014
What water's worth

What water's worth

IN the early nineteenth century, Lord Byron wrote in Don Juan that “Till taught by pain, men really know not what good water's worth.” Nearly 200 years later, humanity still does not seem to understand water's value, exemplified in decades of poor water management and governance practically everywhere. But the impending water crisis...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: September 19, 2014
“No head above King”

“No head above King”

Do any of my readers remember a brilliant film of the 1950s on King Chulalongkorn of Siam (today's Thailand) called "The King and I"?  In it the King finding the English governess he hired for his children's education to be much taller than him says, "No head above King" and forces her to...

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Published Date: September 17, 2014
Did Hamas win?

THIS summer's 51-day war on Gaza left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, over 11,000 injured, and vast areas of devastation that will take years to rebuild. After the third Israeli war on Gaza in less than six years, many Palestinians are questioning the purpose of continuing to fight – and hoping for a solution that does not increase their suffering. Can Hamas, with its newly acquired position at the forefront of Palestinian politics, provide such a solution? Before the latest...

The Asian Convergance

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Is Abenomics working?

Is Abenomics working?

LAST April, Japan's government implemented a long-planned consumption-tax hike, from 5% to 8%, the first in a two-step increase that is expected to bring the rate to 10% by 2015. The hike – a key feature of “Abenomics,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's three-pronged strategy to revive Japan's economy – signals the government's long-term...

Exclusive Interview

Published Date: September 3, 2014
Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

In this exclusive interview, Matsushiro Horiguchi, former ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, talks to Tokyo-based Bangladeshi journalist Monzurul  Huq and reflected on various aspects of bilateral relations that the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound to give a new impetus. What are the main outcomes that the Japanese side is expecting from this visit? It is epoch making that two leaders are meeting again only three months after they met last time in Tokyo at the end of May. Another milestone of the visit is that there is a record fourteen-year gap between the current visit of the Japanese prime minister to Dhaka, the last...